Girls soccer loses season opener in Sultan

Published on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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The Blaine girls soccer team faced the Sultan Turks in a non-league game to kick off their season at home.

Head coach Kelly Tuski said the September 10 matchup was a “well-fought game” that went to a second overtime. The Turks scored the golden goal to win 4–3.

Ashley Quesada, a Blaine sophomore forward, broke open the game with the first goal 10 minutes into play. Jazmen Griggs responded with a goal for Sultan. Minutes later, Sultan’s Alexis Griggs gave the Turks the lead with another goal. Blaine senior attacking center midfielder Olivia Olason then scored Blaine’s second goal on a direct free kick. 

“It was a beautiful kick into the upper V,” Tuski said. Olason also netted an assist for Blaine.

Sultan’s Jewelia Meishke answered in minute 52, bringing the score to 3–2 Sultan. Five minutes later, Borderite forward Makayah Veliz scored the equalizer for Blaine off a skilled volley into the back of the net. 

The clock ran out with the score tied at three. Because it was a non-league game, it was up to the coaches whether to leave it as a tie or continue into overtime. They opted to play two five-minute overtimes with victory going to the first team to score a goal.

After the second overtime, the game was still tied. Two minutes into the second overtime Alexis Griggs scored her second goal of the game to secure the 4–3 win for Sultan.

Tuski said the even matchup was a good way to start the season, in spite of the loss. “It was a good practice for everybody,” she said. Keeper Fallon Puckett, a Blaine sophomore, had nine saves in front of the net.

Blaine will play at Nooksack Valley on Thursday, September 12.

“Nooksack Valley has been showing great teams for the last few years, so we’re going into the game with everything we have,” Tuski said.

Blaine’s next home game is scheduled for Thursday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. against Lynden Christian.